Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments

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I don’t know about you but I receive a lot of Christmas cards in the mail.  Don’t get me wrong.  I LOVE receiving them, especially the ones with the family photos.  I love seeing my loved one’s kids grow up, seeing new additions, and even seeing what funny costumes their pets will be wearing.  You can always make recycled bottle cap magnets out of them but that was SOOOO last year!  Just kidding 😉  This year, I decided to make Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments.  This is a fun and easy kid-friendly craft. 

Here’s is what you’ll need:

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  • Christmas Cards
  • Paper Cutter or Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Hot Glue
  • Embellishments (I used a scrapbook embellishment and plastic rhinestone gems)
  • Ribbon

Step One: Gather your Christmas Cards! I chose by color… red and green of course! Oh yeah… plug in your glue gun.

Step Two: Cut them up.  I cut them in one inch strips.  I cut two lengths just depending on the size of the card. I cut 16 strips all together (8 in two different lengths).

Step Three: To make them easy to maneuver, I stapled four groups of four together.  I also creased a few to make the shape more interesting.

Step Four: Put the four pieces together and pinch with your fingers.  This is the easiest way to apply the glue.  Apply your hot glue and hold it for a few seconds to allow it to harden slightly and then add your embellishment.

Step Five: Add a ribbon.

Step Six: Hang it! So easy AND your Christmas cards don’t get thrown away AND you just made your kid happy by doing a craft with them! P.S. Notice my recycled Scrabble tile ornaments in the background? 🙂

Bonus!  Guess what?  Here are two other fun ornament tutorials done by my friends and favorite Bloggers over at Pandora’s Craft Box and Chase The Star.

Here is Loren’s DIY Snow Globe from Pandora’s Craft Box!

Here is Barbara’s DIY Ornament from Chase the Star!

I hope you try them out!

Many, Many, Many More DIY Inspired Ideas!

 

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22 Comments

  1. Adorable ornaments! They look great and are such a good way to use up those cards instead of just tossing them. You could have a lot of fun with the embellishing too. My first time visiting…would love if you stopped by P3 sometime and said hi.

  2. These are so cute Colorful, good detail well made. I want to do this next year with all my cards from this year for sure.

  3. Very Pretty — Would be such a good idea for a children’s club or group. Great for teaching the art of recycling and also a lesson in thrift. I always have a hard time throwing away my Beautiful cards!!

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